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Avalanche Education Courses

Learn the basics of snow science, how to access and read the avalanche advisory, how to operate standard avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel) and, most importantly, how to make good decisions. 1- Day and 3-Day course follow the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught by AIARE Qualified Instructors.

Avalanche Awareness 1-Day Course

Learn the basics: terrain, weather, avalanche activity and mountain snowpack.

  • Avalanche statistics and human factors
  • Avalanche Terminology and Terrain
  • Snowpack and weather factors
  • Obvious clues
  • Avalanche advisories
  • Travel protocols
  • Companion rescue

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 3-Day Course

40 Hours of Classroom and Field work to become AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 certified.

  • Advanced understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis
  • Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability
  • Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability
  • Advanced understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms
  • Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework
  • Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials

Participants will receive Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of the course


Avalanche Education Rates

Clinic Type Dates Location Age Meeting Time Lesson Time Ability Rate
Avalanche Awareness
1-Day Course
January 12, 2014
March 9, 2014
Squaw Valley 13+ 8:45am 9am-4pm   $149
Avalanche Awareness
1-Day Course
February 2, 2014
Alpine Meadows 13+ 8:45am 9am-4pm   $149
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Certification
3-Day Course
January 8-10, 2014 Squaw Valley 17+ 7:45am 8am-4pm   $389
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Certification
3-Day Course
March 11-13, 2014 Alpine Meadows 17+ 7:45am 8am-4pm   $389

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